Wednesday , Apr , 06 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Minnesota Timberwolves Team Report – April 6

=== Minnesota Timberwolves Team Report – April 6 ===

(Sports Network) – The Minnesota Timberwolves try to keep their playoff
hopes alive, as they welcome the Utah Jazz on Wednesday to the Target Center.
The Timberwolves are 2 1/2 games behind the Memphis Grizzlies for the eighth
and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

It is the third meeting of the season between the clubs. The Timberwolves
defeated Utah, 93-91, on January 28th at the Target Center, while the Jazz
beat Minnesota, 100-82, on February 11th at the Delta Center and snapped a
three-game series losing streak.

The Timberwolves and Jazz have split the last six meetings in this series,
while Utah has won seven of the last 11 contests. The Jazz have lost two
straight and three of their last four at Minnesota.

Minnesota has been playing well as of late, as it has won six of its last
seven games overall. On Sunday, Kevin Garnett poured in a game-high 30 points,
Latrell Sprewell added 23 and the Timberwolves got a much-needed win by
defeating the Sacramento Kings, 112-100, at ARCO Arena.

The reigning league MVP Garnett grabbed 13 rebounds in Sunday’s victory, while
guard Sam Cassell netted 16 for Minnesota. Center Michael Olowokandi finished
with 15 points in the win.

The Timberwolves, who will host the Denver Nuggets on Friday, are 21-15 as the
host this season. Minnesota will play five of its final eight games in the
regular season at the Target Center.

Garnett has recorded four straight double-doubles and has registered 18 in his
last 19 contests. He is averaging 22.2 points and 13.3 rebounds in his last 10
outings.

Minnesota, which is 2-1 against Denver this season, will visit the Atlanta
Hawks on Saturday at Philips Arena. The Timberwolves defeated the Hawks,
104-87, on January 26th at the Target Center.

The Timberwolves will play five of their final eight games in the regular
season at home. Seven of the eight contests are against Western Conference
clubs.

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